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Concerns raised about Nation Rise Wind Farm construction

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Photo provided by Laurie Harkin-Chiasson shows the dust cloud created as Portland Cement Type 10 is being loaded from one vehicle onto another for construction of access roads for the Nation Rise Wind Farm on July 11, 2019.

Sarnia The Observer|Nick Dunne|July 23, 2019

CRYSLER — A North Stormont woman is concerned about potentially harmful dust clouds blown onto her property and those around her as access roads are being built for the Nation Rise Wind Farm.

Laurie Harkin-Chiasson was shocked to learn the dust billowing from the construction contained Portland 10 cement powder, which can cause skin and respiratory irritation and serious eye damage. Harkin-Chiasson said she and her neighbours weren’t notified of the construction on July 11, when she warned her neighbour who was walking with her infant in a stroller as the clouds came through, nor were they notified on July 15 when construction resumed nearby her home.

“I’ve taken it upon myself to stand up for my community,” she said.

The clouds came from a soil-stabilization procedure being done to build the access roads to the 29 wind turbines. The procedure involves removing the topsoil and blending the soil below with cement, before covering the surface gravel to secure the floor for paving.

“I could feel it in the back of my throat,” said Harkin-Chiasson.

The safety data sheet (SDS) from Lafarge, a cement and concrete company, said long- and short-term exposure to the dust of Portland 10 cement can cause severe skin burns, eye damage and may cause respiratory irritation. It may also cause acute silicosis, which “results from short-term exposure to very large amounts of respirable crystalline silica,” according to the SDS sheet.

Harkin-Chiasson has taken the matter to EDP Renewables, the company that owns the wind farm, along with North Stormont council, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Labour.

According to Harkin-Chiasson, it took two calls to the ministry before the EDP began sending notices.

She was particularly angered when she was told through the ministry the company had offered to wash the cars of those affected by the dust.

“Our community’s health and safety is at risk. I was so insulted,” Harkin-Chiasson said.

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Health Hazard Investigation of impacted Water Wells

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Well water in Chatham Kent  has been reported contaminated with black shale sediment during construction and operations of the North Kent Wind* project.  Ontario’s current government made an election promise to investigate.  (*Post corrected July 21, 2019- Chatham Kent, Niagara region and others have also experienced water quality issues with wind projects)

Pressure applied at Queen’s Park for C-K Water Well Probe

Please see July 19, 2019 announcement  made by MPP Monte McNaughton copied below.

It  has not escaped notice no mention is made by the Province  with the association of changes in water quality with the wind project.

July 19, 2019

Ontario Conducting Health Hazard Investigation

Province Creates Independent Panel of Scientists to Investigate Water Wells, Fulfilling Commitment

Chatham Kent — Ontario’s government for the people has formed an expert independent panel to investigate well water in Chatham Kent, MPP McNaughton announced today.

The five-member independent panel will determine if the water from private wells in Chatham-Kent is safe for consumption.

“Our government made a promise to strike this panel,” said McNaughton. “Today we are fulfilling that promise.”

The five-member independent panel will consist of four experienced toxicologists and one local geologist. All members are independent from government and are experienced toxicology professionals that have served on advisory committees.

The panel is empowered to take a fresh look at new samples collected from certain water wells in Chatham-Kent where residents have raised questions about water quality. Samples from up to 189 private wells will be taken by a third-party business and tested by a commercial laboratory.

The announcement fulfills a government commitment.

“Barely one year after this promise was made, we are fulfilling it,” said McNaughton. “And we’re doing it in a way that will inspire confidence from the people of this community. People can trust the results this independent panel delivers.”

BACKGROUND

The five independent experts comprising the panel are:

Dr. Keith Benn, PhD – A local geologist and past professor of geology at University of Ottawa.

Dr. Glenn Ferguson, PhD, QPRA – An environmental health scientist with 25 years experience in toxicology, epidemiology, and human health risk assessment.

Dr. Shelley A. Harris, PhD – An epidemiologist and associate professor at University of Toronto who specializes in exposure measurement.

Dr. Ron Brecher, PhD – A specialist in toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication.

Mark Chappel, MSc, DABT – A toxicologist with significant experience in supervising and managing comprehensive toxicity studies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

John Fraser

John.Fraser@pc.ola.org

Standoff with Nation Rise Wind

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Located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Ottawa, ON near the South Nation River, the Nation Rise Wind Farm is situated in the Municipality of North Stormont within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

Residents have reported being exposed to cement dust used for access road construction for Nation Rise wind.  BOREA is the on-site construction company  hired by EDP Renewables.  EDP was awarded a renewable energy approval on May 4, 2018.  BOREA is the same company, named among other defendants, in the West Lincoln $10 million personal injury and damage lawsuit currently being heard before the courts.

During the construction of Niagara Wind residents were forced to seek emergency health care after becoming ill  after exposure to dust from  that project’s construction.

Construction dust from a wind turbine project in Niagara is behind a 10 million lawsuit; 2018/02/01

Is history being repeated?

Video posted by Nation Valley News July 14, 2019

 

Photos of construction of access road for Nation Rise Wind, July 2019

Wind Pines Ordered Closed

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White Pines Wind ordered closed by Ontario

New regulation under the Environmental Protection Act to close the White Pines Wind Project

ERO number
013-3835
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
October 17, 2018 – December 1, 2018 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
October 17, 2018
to December 1, 2018

Decision summary

We decided to make a new regulation to require that the closure of the White Pines Wind Facility is carried out in a way that is protective of human health and the environment.

Link to Decision

Health Commission to Study Health Impacts of Land Based Wind Turbines

wind turbine shadowResolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from land based wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the commonwealth. (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)

By Mr. Vieira of Falmouth, a petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 2015) of David T. Vieira, Sarah K. Peake and Julian Cyr for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the incidence and impacts of adverse health impacts from land based wind turbines. Public Health.

More Information on Resolve H.2015: The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Pressure on for Health Hazard Investigation

water dirty Reports of contaminated wells and turbid drinking water that came with the construction and operations of wind facilities have not been investigated for alleged health hazards.  Multiple case histories hanging in limbo crying out for immediate action such as the ones made known in the K2 and Niagara Wind projects.

Chatham Daily News|June 5, 2019|by: Ellwood Shreve

Pressure applied at Queen’s Park for C-K water wells probe

Mitchell’s Bay-area resident and cancer survivor Marilynn St. Pierre travelled to Queen’s Park Wednesday to ask the Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government to honour a promise to look into water problems in the north area of Chatham-Kent.

“My water supply is horribly polluted with black shale,” St. Pierre said. “Premier Ford knows this. In fact, Mr. Ford took decisive action to solve this problem.”

The citizens group Water Wells First began raising concerns three years ago about the potential impact the construction and operation of the North Kent Wind farm would have on water wells because of the Kettle Point black shale geology and shallow aquifer in the area.

Since that time, several property owners experienced well water problems, including significant amounts of sediments that have clogged up the flow of water during construction and after operation of the wind farm began. The group says this particular shale is known to contain metals such as uranium, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health.

But the developers of the wind farm – Korean industrial giant Samsung and its American partner Pattern Energy- have stated the wind farm has had no impact on area water wells. This claim was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change under the previous Liberal government.

St Pierre, a cancer survivor, said Ford committed to undertake a health hazard investigation into this problem in Chatham-Kent.

“I am fearful that cancer will return if the health hazard investigation isn’t done soon and we don’t get the answers we need,” she said.

Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak pressed Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton to provide answers over the ongoing well water concerns in McNaughton’s riding, during question period at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.

Natyshak reminded McNaughton that Ford promised those affected “by this contamination” that he would conduct a health hazard investigation immediately.

Noting, “immediately has come and gone,” and more than a year later, people are still waiting for this investigation, the MPP called on McNaughton to make good on this promise “to ensure these Ontarians have clean and safe drinking water.”

McNaughton responded the government has been working hard on this issue and there will be more to say.

Then he took aim at Natyshak, calling it “ironic” that the Essex MPP and the NDP voted in favour ofthe  Samsung agreement to allow the wind farm to be built in Chatham-Kent.

“We were left with this mess. We are going to clean it up. They caused this problem. We’ll take no advice from that member opposite,” McNaughton said.

Natyshak said in an interview that McNaughton “dodged the question and went straight to the rhetoric book they rely on when they don’t have a straight-up answer for people who are concerned about issues in their communities.”

He said McNaughton knows this issue well so “for him not to be prepared to give us any hope or any inkling that his ministry and himself actually have a plan on this is quite disappointing to the folks who made the trip up to Toronto (Wednesday).”

When asked in an interview if there will be health hazard investigation, McNaughton said, “Absolutely.”

When asked if it would be done within the year, he said, “We’ll be making it public very soon what process has been going on for the past 10 months and what will happen in the future.

The minister also stated: “I want to be clear that we’ve been taking these concerns very seriously.”

McNaughton said the government’s first step was to cancel the Otter Creek Wind project, slated for to be built north of Wallaceburg on the same Kettle Point black shale.

“We didn’t want to make the situation any worse,” he said, adding the government also scrapped the Green Energy Act, resulting in the cancellations of 758 wind and solar contracts.

Joel Gagnon, head of the heavy metals lab at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research, said he was asked to get involved about a year ago.

“The purpose of the investigation is to look at research questions that we can address within the confines and within the mandate of a university,” he said.

Having found residents in the area had in excess of 100 years of good quality water, he said the problems experienced with the water wells were predicted with the construction of the wind farm.

“There’s good scientific evidence to link turbine installation and operation to groundwater impacts,” Gagnon said.

He said the impacts on water quality are quite diverse.

“We’re looking at excessive amounts of suspended sediment comprising Kettle Point black shale,” Gagnon said.

He added there is excessive biomass production which leads to foul smelling and tasting water, along with excessive gas production, which contains radon.

Collectively, Gagnon said people are being exposed to dermal, ingestion and inhalation hazards for a cocktail of what could potentially be toxic metals as well as radon gas.

“The health risks here are undefined and unconstrained and need to be looked at,” he said.

Kevin Jakubec, a founder of the Water Wells First group, who was also at Queen’s Park Wednesday, said, “Patience with Premier Ford delivering and making good on his promise of an investigation is now completely exasperated.

“To date, no experts or resources have been brought into Chatham-Kent to deal with the water problem by the Ford government.”

When asked if the Ministry of Health has had people on site, McNaughton said: “We’ll be providing an update very, very soon.”

Jakubec points to a 2016 joint report from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario that said Ontarians are getting cancer each year from environmental carcinogen exposures.

“The report specifically acknowledged the heavy metal arsenic,” he said. “Arsenic causes a cancer burden on Ontario’s beleaguered health-care system each year.”

eshreve@postmedia.com

Over a year and counting …….

“This a serious issue here and I give you my word, we’re going to address it. I can’t stand wind turbines; I can’t stand how they are destroying areas and communities and I’m going to do everything I can to halt any other wind turbine farms and I’m going to address the ones that are going in. You have a huge supporter here,” Ford said to Jakubec after hearing his questions. “As for the local MPPs, when you aren’t in power, your hands are certainly tied. When we are in power June 7, we’re going to address it. It will be my number one issue. And what I say I’m going to do, I do. No one has been more vocal about these wind farms than Doug Ford – no one. I’m giving you my word.”

Doug Ford (now Ontario’s Elected Premiere) , April 26, 2018

Source:   Well group wants more out of Ford

K2 Wind “farm” ordered to reduce Noise

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CTV London|May 27, 2019

The K2 Wind farm in Huron County needs to make some changes, the Ministry of Environment has ordered.

The wind farm operators must fix noise issues with their turbines, after noise testing found some of the turbines were “out of compliance.”

The order is vindication for Mike and Carla Stachura, who have been complaining about noisy turbines near their Dungannon area home for more than four years.

K2 Wind, which consists of 140 turbines, must now fix the noise issues either by limiting the hours the turbines operate, de-rating the turbines to reduce sound levels, or change when they use the turbines in relation to wind speed or direction.

They have until June 14 to have a plan to fix the noise problems. They also have the ability to appeal the provincial order.

The owners of the K2 Wind Farm, Axium Infrastructure, say they take “their responsibility to operate within the established guidelines of the Renewable Energy Approval permit very seriously, and we will continue to work closely with the ministry to resolve any operational issues that may arise.”

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K2 Wind Out of Compliance

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K2 Wind  under an issued provincial order by Ontario is to immediately comply with noise performance limits for operations of its industrial wind turbine installation.

[210] Mr. James, an expert called by the Appellants, provided a number of critiques of the noise assessment models used to predict sound levels produced by the Project. Mr.James agrees with the proposition that was put before him that the Approval Holder’s noise assessment reports comply with the MOE Noise Guidelines. He states, however, that there are serious issues with the Noise Guidelines themselves such that, by complying with the Guidelines, the actual level noise levels emanating from the Project will be underestimated.

ERT Decision 13-097/13-098, February 2014 READ HERE

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K2 wind turbine locations Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Ontario

Nation Rise Wind set to break ground

The Ontario government promised to repeal the Green Energy Act  which permits renewable energy projects but that promised has failed to halt  Nation Rise Wind.   The project was appealed at the Environmental Review Tribunal and remains strongly opposed by concerned citizens.   The project developers are giving a time line of June 2019 to break ground for construction even as the project remains under Ministerial appeal.

National Valley News|May 17, 2019

June groundbreaking on Nation Rise wind project turbines, developers tell council

BERWICK — The 30-megawatt Nation Rise wind project is set to break ground on turbine foundations next month in the rural countryside here — right around the same time the Doug Ford Conservatives celebrate one year since their election on a platform staunchly opposed to such initiatives under the previous Liberal regime’s Green Energy Act.

Ken Little of EDP Renewables, associate director with EDP Renewables Canada — the company that is (now) minority stakeholder and developer of the 28 to 33 turbine project — apprised North Stormont council of the ironic construction timeline in a presentation this week.

Little said that site-clearing and preparation will continue through the end of May with a possible start on an access road into a planned electrical substation by then as well. Construction on the actual turbine foundations and the substation, west of Crysler, will begin in June, he reported to a packed Council Chambers, where a large number of the public overflowed available seating into the hallway outside the room. The developer sees the turbines in place and sending power into the grid by December.

“We did have the ability to start construction in limited fashion for May 9th,” Little explained, clarifying this month’s activities have so far involved “people … more or less identifying areas for work to begin.” But with geotechnical approval received this week, “we’ll be moving into more fulsome construction in the next one to three weeks, in terms of starting access roads” and crew facilities, he added.

Though it has “a lot of approvals to go forward now from the Ministry of Environment,” Little conceded the company still awaits some local and South Nation Conservation permits before installing “individual and specific components” of the wind farm. “So while we may have some approvals, if there’s other local permits that we need to have required for that, we will seek to have those permits prior to starting construction, obviously to make sure we’re in compliance with any local regulations on that,” he pledged.

No mention was made of the project opponents’ last-ditch appeal to Ontario’s Minister of Energy to quash the project, whose ruling had yet to be received on the evening of the May 14 council meeting. The Ford government to date has killed more than 750 pending Green Energy Act projects signed by the previous Wynne Liberals.

Little was accompanied at the podium by EDPR’s Tom LoTurco, director of development for the Eastern US and Canada. A couple more of their company colleagues also watched from the sidelines.

See their presentation on the construction schedule, followed by council questions below

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